Weird: Nashville Musician Gets First Life Recording Contract Through Second Life

August 15, 2008 3:08 PM 3 comments

Let this be a lesson to all the musicians among us. Von Johin is just a regular guy from Nashville who likes to sing the blues. He’s toured the country a bit, but recently found his biggest success in an unexpected place: Second Life. Recording studio owner by day and Second Life blues star by night, Johin just became the first person to snag a real-life recording contract through Second Life. We’re not sure if we should laugh or cry at this video of his performance (bonus points if you can identify the dancing hat-shaped creature with red tennis shoes), but we’ve gotta admit he’s pretty good. Oh, and he plays a Gibson.

  • http://www.vonjohin.com Von Johin

    Much obliged for the mention, ya'll. I'm humbled that they'd have me on their label, and I hope folks enjoy the record as much as I've enjoyed making it. This all started out as a lark and kind of snowballed, I never expected a record deal out it. SL's the bleeding edge of a new-era of tech coming that will no doubt add a whole new dimension to how performing artists reach their fans and listeners around the world. Though SL is five years old, its in its infancy tech-wise, akin to where CompuServe was when the Mozilla browser came on the scene and change forever the world of online services. I'm kind of ramblin', sorry, but I'm thrilled to get signed, and appreciate the kind words above. :)

  • Rik Melson

    well actually he became the second person to get rl record contract. Bara Jonson in Second Life, from Sweden, Scanidnavia, signed a record deal with New York based Hondo Mesa Records already in June 2008. Bara is crossing the Atlantic in september to start recording the CD.

  • Rik Melson

    well actually he became the second person to get rl record contract. Bara Jonson in Second Life, from Sweden, Scanidnavia, signed a record deal with New York based Hondo Mesa Records already in June 2008. Bara is crossing the Atlantic in september to start recording the CD.